Foreign Wife Elegy

Foreign Wife Elegy

by Yuko Taniguchi, Yuki Taniguchi
     
 

This debut collection bears witness to the compassion of nurses, the hardships of injury and illness, and the solitude brought on by marrying outside one’s culture. In these quiet and deceptively simple poems, Taniguchi’s words become a haven for human frailties and peaceful reflection.

The child of a Hiroshima survivor, Yuko Taniguchi was born

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This debut collection bears witness to the compassion of nurses, the hardships of injury and illness, and the solitude brought on by marrying outside one’s culture. In these quiet and deceptively simple poems, Taniguchi’s words become a haven for human frailties and peaceful reflection.

The child of a Hiroshima survivor, Yuko Taniguchi was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1975. At the age of fifteen, she came to the United States alone and attended high school in Maryland. She studied at the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota, where she received many awards for her poetry. Currently, she teaches -English at Rochester -Community and Technical College and lives with her husband in Rochester, Minnesota.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"My language has its own world/ where it doesn't know how to live," and so Taniguchi learns to translate that world into words to make living easier. She writes to find her place, attempting to bridge the gap between her Japanese ancestry and Midwestern present. Her father is a Hiroshima survivor, and she has known the unsettling noise of American jets that "practice" and "cut through the sky like silver shears across blue cloth." Relocated, she confronts big issues, such as death, loneliness, and hope, some she brought to America, others she found here: "My husband asked me where I would go if he dies./ Foreign wives are homeless without their husbands." She finds an odd solace in the stories that her husband, a nurse, brings home from his job, and in her own way she turns them into a kind of love poem. "After Kathleen's death, my husband sat still like a white rose on a thin straight stem. After a night like this, what holds the layers of rose petals is not strength, but fragile hope that grows on and on out of nothing, and eventually turns into tears in the center of the stem." Taniguchi's poems are fresh and original, and in the solitude that comes from marrying outside her culture, she has found a firm ground on which to make her new home. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566891486
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

Yuko Taniguchi, author of the critically acclaimed book of poetry Foreign Wife Elegy, was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1975. At the age of fifteen, she came to the United States and attended high school in Maryland, obtaining her collegiate degrees in Minnesota, where she continues to make her home.

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